Aditya Chopra’s romantic-comedy film, Befikre is a film which will surely make you think about your own life. This movie is a refreshing change from those regular Bollywood-ish love stories and Ranveer Singh-Vaani Kapoor’s on-screen chemistry is unmatched. Ranveer aka Dharam comes to the French capital for work and adventure; and Shyra is a free-spirited Paris tour guide. They both have numerous kisses and hook-ups and then they eventually are compelled to take tough decisions about love. Watch the movie for a lighthearted and energizing change this weekend and let us know your take on it.
Aditya Chopra's fourth feature as a director -- Befikre is a hot and sexy film. Despite its thin plot, the film holds its attention with the good looking stars, their energy, songs, dances and many lovely day and night scenes in Paris. Chopra's film reminds us that a well-shot Bollywood romantic film can be so entertaining even when it does not necessarily offer anything new. Singh will go down in history of Indian cinema as the first actor to pose completely naked from the back. It is a very brief shot, but I doubt if Chopra used a body double. Kapoor's fans should not be disappointed. The actress shows enough skin through the film, often taking her top off and showing her bra. One loses the count of the kisses, just as it is impossible to say how many times the film's leads -- Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor -- lock lips through the film. With all of this sexually charged energy it hardly matters that Befikre attempts to follow a story line. Of course, Befikre is a Hindi film and no surprise how it will end. There are some messy moments in the film, especially the weird unruly slapstick scene towards the end in a church. And that is when one senses that Chopra is not in full control of the plot. He knows how the film will end, but the path to that seems forced and convoluted. Still much of Befikre is loaded with a carefree spirit. It is joyful and it will make you smile.
This Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor film directed by Aditya Chopra ticks every box of what constitutes a Yashraj romance. It’s all there, and yet, Befikre never quite rises above its shiny surface. In its best moments, it has sparkle, but those few and far between; in the rest, it stays bland and familiar. This will go down as the film which got Bollywood to treat the kiss as just another ‘pyaar ka izhaar’ ( I’m deeply impressed with the adult behaviour of the CBFC in allowing us to witness such largesse). What Emran Hashmi started, Ranveer Singh has reaped, and richly, and in full. But this will also go down as the film which, despite its close clinches, male and female (yesss), its rumpled-bedsheets-and-bedroom-antics, gave us a romance that never ignites. The fire between the lovers is restricted to the songs-and-dances; Ranveer and Vaani don’t burn it up. You can see Vaani trying for more in a few scenes, but she appears stymied for the most part. Stitching in a post-‘palat’ (DDLJ) moment with a smart dialogue, and a new-age Farida Jalal moment, doesn’t really make the movie new. You can see Vaani trying for more in a few scenes, but she appears stymied for the most part. As expected, Ranveer is the life and soul of the party. But that thing, oh that thing, between the two people who are looking for forever, failing at it, and finding it — the crucial elements of terrific romcoms — needs more depth. It needs more feeling. Which ‘Befikre’ doesn’t have.
Can two temperamental, volatile exes become friends? In a Yash Raj film, sure they can. Dharam (Ranveer Singh) and Shyra (Vaani Kapoor) have recently broken up and can’t see eye-to-eye. In song-filled flashbacks, we see their meet cute, how they dared each other to do crazy things and got into a live-in relationship, only to realize that they were incompatible. Befikre is a victim of the inevitability of love stories. There really can only be two outcomes, and then, the journey to those outcomes makes the movie. The plot is unoriginal, but the sparkling chemistry between the leads pulls you through most parts of the movie. Essentially, it’s like the same banner's Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, but in reverse. There are innumerable throwbacks to DDLJ and most bring a smile to your face. Befikre has some honest, funny moments and the attempt to upgrade the romcom genre is apparent, but like most romcoms, you don’t come away with anything new. If you care for some laughs, some YRF nostalgia and are, well, promiscuous with your choice of romcoms, you could take a chance with this one.